A week ago, my parents threw a welcome wedding lunch at the family farm for the incoming Wisconsin family. My mom had many pies and cookies, as well as many other salads, bbq and cute veggie cups. Several aunts and uncles, and many cousins flew in at noon, so we all met at the farm before heading to Camano Island for the wedding. We ate in the pole barn with seating for 25 people! Before the bride and groom arrived, we celebrated my dad’s big birthday early! We all loved the birthday apple pie and the train cookies! After lunch we went for a tour around the farm, some people went by golf cart, some collected apples for the horses, or danced with cows. We also celebrated Jason and Jeri’s upcoming baby, due in November! After our late lunch, we drove to our rental cabins on Camano Island. They were stunning and more spectacular then the VRBO photos online. Each cabin had water views and beach access! I love my Wisconsin family plus my cousins are hilarious “people of fun”! Can’t you tell?!? Friday morning, the bride, bridesmaids and Kiki, the most epic wedding organizer met for breakfast and to discuss logistics! An incredibly nice regular customer paid for our meals anonymously too! Friday afternoon, there was the wedding rehearsal at Center of Wooden Boats-Cama Beach. It was super windy but wonderfully not raining. My sister has cute dimples, right? The Ketchbots are pretty cute together too. After the rehearsal dinner, we pampered ourselves with face masks and scaring Mr F. Next up, the wedding!!!
Last Tuesday night, we finished painting signs for the wedding and Wednesday the bride and bridesmaids got mani/pedis…. The bride asked for coral nails and blue toes with gold sparkles since she found a similar image on Pinterest. On Thursday, we drove up to Camano Island! First we stopped at the family farm for lunch! My mom had a great spread of food with lots of desserts for the Wisconsin family members flying into town. I can’t wait to post more photos soon! This week has been crazy busy. I’m flying to Irvine now for work and this weekend, we go to Walla Walla for our 10 year college reunion, plus it’s my dad’s 70th birthday!
In July, we had Katie’s bachelorette party and my other sister, Janie made all the decorations! The happy couple is set to wed this weekend and the Wisconsin family had already started flying into town!
Last night at my parents’ house we finished painting a few things for the wedding and tomorrow we’ll drive up to the island location! Katie’s going to be such a beautiful bride and sweet wifey! I can’t wait to post wedding photos soon, especially of the bridal party!
My grandmother is one of the strongest and most inspirational women I know. She turned 90 last week and had a big birthday bash in Ballard. She’s always the life of the party with a great laugh. Can you tell we’re related? (From the left, my mom, me, my sister, Janie, Tootie, and my sister, Katie, who’s getting married next weekend!!!)
When I was little, I couldn’t say Lola Ruthie and somehow I said Tootie, like Tutti Frutti. I think my personality is most like Tootie’s! My mom went back to work when my little sister, Katie went to Kindergarten so Tootie would come over before and after school, to take care of us, while my parents were at work. She was a social worker and a music teacher before retiring early to take care of me and my sisters! Not only is she a wonderful grandmother, vivacious and lovable, she has a huge family and soo many friends. There were nearly 60 people at her birthday party! We all love Tootie so much! It’s so wonderful to celebrate her!
I’m back on my blog after two weeks of travel for work and play! The last week of August Mr. F and I flew to Milwaukee. We even got upgraded to first class on the way there! I had a work trip planned and my cousin Toby got married in Steven’s Point! It was wonderful to have a few days in Milwaukee to have dinner with my awesome Talbot cousins, meander along the riverwalk and around the city, go to our favorite restaurant, Bavette, and even catch a waterskiing exhibition with my cousins in the park! We were surprised that Milwaukee was colder than Seattle and even rained! We had brought tons of bug spray and sunscreen. Fortunately, we indulged in plenty of comfort food to keep warm. I’m still dreaming of the biscuits, like the raspberry cream cheese ones at Benelux plus cheese curds, and burgers in pretzel buns that we had at Cafe Hollander!
My cousin’s wedding reception was held on the Wisconsin River and the newlyweds arrived by boat! I loved their decorations, sunflowers, cupcakes and all the family photos from the evening. We had photos with most of the girl cousins with Granny Kay. Several photos with most of Granny Kay’s children with their families and the cousins being silly! Aunt Kitchie is the oldest daughter and her grandson, Will was the life of the party. She’s pictured here with her daughter, Sarah and her husband Bill! My dad is the next oldest child, pictured with my mom and Janie. Uncle Mike is the third child and he and Aunt Linda brought their beautiful hunting dogs. My cousin Jessie’s an OBGYN resident in Chicago! Granny Kay loved see her family, especially her newest great-grandchild, Cora! Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary Lou are some of Granny Kay’s youngest children. Toby and Virginia’s first dance song was played by my cousins Jason and Charlie. It was so romantic! It was a fun night full of Talbot shenanigans and lots of dancing! The parents of the groom looked so happy.
The morning after the wedding, we went to Aunt Mary and Uncle Larry’s Funny Farm for breakfast. It was a nice way to see all the family again before the flight home. Fortunately, I’ll see most of my Wisconsin and Canadian cousins in two weeks for my sister’s wedding on Camano Island!!
Next I’ll post about this weekend and my grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration!
This time last week, my sisters, cousins, and my sister’s maid of honor made the time-honored, bachelorette tradition of obtaining Voodoo donuts. We waited in line for about 45 minutes Sunday morning for 2 dozen donuts. It was worth it, and we ate nearly a dozen on the 6 hour drive home to Seattle. We nicknamed our SUV, Channing Tatum and you can see it in the background with our donuts! On the way back to Seattle, we noted the terrible traffic on I-5 so we drove through Morton towards Mount Rainer for the scenic tour and took small highways all the way to Seattle. It was a great way to catch up on the way home! After dropping off Channing, we met Mr. F and my parents for dinner and gave them some of the donuts. Apparently our eyes were bigger than our stomaches, or perhaps our sweet tooths!
I can’t believe my sister’s getting married in less than a month!!!!!
We didn’t party too hard Friday night but we did stay up late watching Magic Mike XXL, eating a lot of candy, and drinking cider. On Saturday morning, we went to the Portland Saturday Market. I loved that they had my favorite komucha brand on tap. My sister loved the bubble tea and we all loved the hand-painted signs. (Since we really were like a small girly gang with our matching t-shirts!) Janie loved the flowers too. After the market, we all went to get ice cream and the awesome Salt & Straw. They had 5 phenomenal vegetable flavors including fennel & maple which I enjoyed with strawberry rhubarb pie. While my sister loved snickernoodle and someone else had the amazing carrot cake too. I love my sisters and cousins! Our ice cream was perfect for the hot 80 degree day and shopping in the Pearl District! For dinner, we went to the brilliant Andina and all the supporting ladies wore black while the bride to be wore white! The drinks were festive and Peruvian. The scallops were also succulent. I loved my grass fed lamb chops and playing around with my cousin, Kiki. Plus the desserts were out of this world!We also got several great group photos after dinner too. On our way back to the car, we were taking photos and a bachelor party walked up behind the bride! It was perfect timing! We had a wonderful night dancing to the Weeknd Song “Earned It” and to 90s music at Lola’s where we knew all the words to the songs. It was so hilarious to sing along to Britney Spears, Hanson and Chumbawamba. We stopped by a few food trucks on the way home and fell asleep watching the original Magic Mike!